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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Republicans gain a seat in three governor's races this November, they will add to a spate of GOP upsets in the South.Last year, Republicans unseated Democratic governors in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia just two years after President Bush won all three states handily in the 2000 election. This year, the GOP is hoping to defeat Democrats in Kentucky and Mississippi while holding onto their seat in Louisiana.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) Congress is still negotiating a major Medicare prescription drug bill, but it looks like the Health Savings Account may be one item that's a keeper. Free market critics of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act warn, however, that it won't be enough to win their support for the new $400 billion drug benefit.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Election Day 2003, voters in a number of cities and counties will decide questions related to public education funding and tax increases."Everybody is looking for money somewhere," said Jacqueline Byers, director of research for the National Association of Counties, who pointed to homeland security costs and funding cuts from state legislatures as factors driving the scramble for money.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - GOP wins in Tuesday's Kentucky and Mississippi governor's races put added pressure on Democrats to show viability in the South, with all eyes on Louisiana's Nov. 16 runoff and, looking ahead, next year's presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - News that a pro-gun lawmaker was involved in an accidental shooting last week is making headlines this week.Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia, a colorful Republican firebrand and National Rifle Association board member, was handling an antique pistol when it accidentally discharged at the home of a friend.The shot shattered a glass door but did not hurt anyone gathered at a neighborhood reception for the four-term Republican in north Fulton County.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Opposition is growing in Congress to the Bush administration's $20.3 billion request for rebuilding Iraq. The spending plan is part of a larger $87 billion supplemental spending bill to fund the U.S. military presence in Iraq.The plan was passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday but hasn't yet been introduced in the House of Representatives.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Congressional Republicans are introducing the president's $674 billion, 10-year economic stimulus plan while Democratic leader Tom Daschle (S.D.) insists the measure is "still dead on arrival" in the Senate.House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) on Thursday announced a series of hearings throughout March on the economic stimulus bill, the focal point of which is the elimination of the double tax on dividend income.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberal groups are targeting another of President Bush's judicial nominees, but many legal scholars paint a picture of Michael W. McConnell as a brilliant legal mind, not a partisan activist.McConnell's nomination to the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals faces a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. Liberal interest groups are pressuring Senate Democrats to vote McConnell down, based on the University of Utah scholar's positions on abortion, especially the Roe v. Wade decision, and the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Democrats are demanding that more homeland security money be added to the president's supplemental war budget.Democratic leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) said on Tuesday that the president's $74.7 billion dollar supplemental budget request doesn't spend enough on homeland security, including beefed-up safety measures at chemical plants.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Reports of voter registration fraud involving Democrats and Indian reservations are pouring out of South Dakota, the home state of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Less than three weeks before the mid-term election, the allegations complicate one of the closest Senate races in the country, one Republicans hope to win in order to regain control of the chamber.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Democrats hope to double the amount of money added to the president's tax cut bill for bailing states out of their budget messes. And while the Democrats insist such a bailout would pump new life into the economy, conservative and libertarian groups say it would unfairly punish states that have kept a lid on spending and reward states that have failed to do so.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Fears over how insurers and employers may someday use a worker's genetic information have spurred some lawmakers to offer up legislative remedies restricting how such data can be used. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) sponsored one such bill, but with the GOP poised to take over the Senate in January, it's the insurance industry that may win the issue.Before the election, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), sponsor of a competing bill, had been trying to find common ground with Daschle, an effort that may continue in the 108th Congress.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush is pushing Congress to resolve differences between House- and Senate-passed Medicare drug bills. But is the plan good for his political health in 2004?Over the years, polls have consistently shown that Americans trust Democrats more than Republicans on health care issues, including Medicare. And recent polls have shown over 70 percent of Americans want the federal government to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare. So it may seem to help Bush's re-election chances by signing a Medicare drug bill.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Supply-side economists are sending conflicting messages to the Bush administration and Congress about the types of tax cuts that would help the still-sluggish economy.The disagreements could signal what free-market Republicans will have to concede to liberal Democrats in the 108th Congress in order to garner enough votes for favored tax cuts.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - What happened to all the ambitious tort reform bills before Congress this year? They're still in the clutches of the Senate.Limits on medical malpractice awards, class action reforms and an asbestos trust fund were considered GOP and business priorities. The House of Representatives has passed class action and medical liability bills, as has the Senate judiciary committee, but the full Senate has yet to vote on them.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Many political analysts believe that in light of the slim Republican majority in the Senate, President Bush has a near impossible task pushing his agenda through Congress. However, the second ranking Republican in the Senate insists a majority, even a slim majority, makes a world of difference."We may not have a big majority, but 51-49 Republican is better than 51-49 Democrat," said Republican Whip Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). He spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Arlington, Va. Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Dying is expensive and taxpayers can expect a big bill in the decades to come as the large Baby Boom generation grows older and begins to die off, according to a new study."It's a lot more expensive to leave this world than to enter it," said John C. Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis. "The reason people aren't more aware of the expense is because most of it is hidden" in big government programs, namely Medicare and Medicaid.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: This is another in the series of profiles of Democrats running for their party's 2004 presidential nomination.)(CNSNews.com) - Immediately after retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark exited the stage to thunderous applause at the Democratic National Committee's fall meeting in Washington, D.C., a wave of party activists streamed out of the room. One of Clark's nine rivals for the party's 2004 presidential nomination, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, was up next. In the brief interval between speeches, though, dozens of chairs were vacated.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As Congress sets the stage to once again debate a Medicare prescription drug benefit this year, patent protections enjoyed by name brand drug companies are likely to resurface as lawmakers look for ways to control prescription drug prices.Democrats and liberal interest groups accuse the name-brand prescription drug industry of gaming the patent system and price-gouging senior citizens. What's more, Republicans have been too cozy with the industry, critics suggest.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Maryland hasn't elected a Republican governor in 36 years, but the GOP's Robert Ehrlich now leads Democratic nominee Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in two separate polls, prompting liberal groups to escalate their attacks on Ehrlich's positions on guns and abortion.